The latest annual Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) report on the federal workplace is not happy summer reading for diversity advocates.
The numbers, graphs and tables document a story they know too well.
Despite well-meaning efforts and all the right things said by Obama administration officials, racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the federal workplace remains a quest. The percentage of women in the workforce dropped slightly, while percentages for Latinos, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders rose almost imperceptibly from fiscal 2010 to 2011. There is a higher percentage of African Americans in the workforce than in the population, but that’s certainly not so in management.
As with previous reports, it is in the upper reaches of the federal civil service where Uncle Sam’s hoped-for reputation as a model employer takes a hit.
“While the federal government continues to be a leader in workforce diversity, further progress is needed for it to become a model workplace for all employees,” said Carlton Hadden, director of the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations. “Agencies should pay particular attention to increasing diversity among the Senior Executive Service [SES] and at the highest grade levels, as well as enhancing recruitment and retention of people with targeted disabilities.” (Washington Post)